Joel Embiid clears National Basketball Association concussion protocol, out Game 2 vs. Heat


The Philadelphia 76ers didn't need Joel Embiid in their Game 1 blowout of the Miami Heat.

Embiid has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol, according to the club.

Embiid suffered a broken orbital bone and concussion in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz on March 28.

Monday's game will be the 10th Embiid has missed due to the injury. Embiid has been posting pictures on social media of him wearing the mask which gave hope that he would soon make a return. After all, he's had a bunch of legal issues, gave a drunk interview at a 76ers' game earlier in the year, and no-showed at a BIG 3 game in its inaugural season. The 76ers finished the regular season on a 16-game winning streak despite his absence.

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"It's about what's best for Joel's health", Brown said. And while they won't have him for Game 2 either, he's this close to coming back. Philadelphia isn't the type of organization that would allow a player to rush back, but now it can convince Embiid that he's not costing any games on the bench while during his recovery process.

Embiid had told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne prior to Saturday night's playoff opener that he was optimistic about playing in Game 2 or 3. "You look at our games, we split them 2-2 and we had some insane games".

ESPN reported Embiid and the Sixers are waiting for the mask to be cleared by the National Basketball Association, and Embiid likely will wear facial protection upon his return. Philadelphia won at home, 103-97, on February 2, followed by a 104-102 Miami road win on February 14. The Sixers led by as many as 29 points before it was over after trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half.